Russell has had sparks of greatness this year, averaging a respectable 12 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game. His team is also fairly awful these days, which doesn’t help his numbers.
Amidst the criticism, the rookie recently had this to say:
Russell on dealing with criticism: "LeBron gets criticized. Jesus still gets criticized."
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) January 30, 2016
The 19-year-old has a lot of room to grow as a player, but his upside is undeniable. The league certainly believes this, as Russell was selected to the Rising Stars Challenge over All-Star Weekend.
Russell will likely have a bright future in the NBA, and everyone has to start somewhere.
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